November 24, 2016 Subject:
Flight of the Seabirds..
Nice show, already plenty of good reviews.
China>Rider-Not the most common opener.
Peggy-o- very nice!
I like the sound for these two San Diego shows.
The jams like in Cassidy have an explosive nature even if not longest versions of tunes. (Cassidy under 6 minutes)
The Althea is somewhat plodding in relation to versions I remember later on. Still Jerry's solo almost blows me out of my chair.
Like that little solo noodling that leads up to Passenger. (Agree with any who really like this tune)
Surprised just how hard the Alabama rocked to open the previous San Diego show. This is very nice with perfect sound throughout.
Pretty cool that the Dead felt comfortable with jamming out of Alabama into other tunes!!!
Interesting to listen for the transition out of Alabama>Greatest.
Nothing is going to compare to those early versions of GSET but it is tune I always liked throughout the years " I love the backing vocals with "You can't close the door when the walls cave in"
Ship of Fools- "All that could not sink or swim was just left there to DROWN!"
Garcia goes for TERRAPIN
It seems like this tune is not as fondly remembered as I remember it from my days going to shows.
I am not saying it was the easiest tune for them to pull off and when it went off the rails it could be problematic but on nights when it shined. Wow, did it really shine. i felt like i was leaving the planet.
What an excellent dance tune as well. And I mean a Deadhead dance tune there is no way someone walks in off the street and dances all the way thru the entire Terrapin. This has a good feel to it and since Jerry went twice Weir brings P.I.T.B
Plenty of room to jam their way to Drumz>Space
and a pretty ferocious jam it is indeed
They start right on the BIG DRUMS!
Not a lot of Space but has a nice melody
Sailor>Saint-Just perfect anywhere, anytime!
great location for this. (Phil's bass churning)
Saint is another great flat out dance your butt off tune.
(In later years I know the band played it 2nd Set without the Sailor intro but I think it didn't give me time to get a lather worked up.
Wharf Rat>Sugar Magnolia E) OMSN
November 1, 2015 Subject:
probably the best, definitely one of the best post 74 versions.
The 1st post 74 version from keith &d's last show2/79 was good even with bob missing a cue out of the 'jam'. Not very noticeable that version had a good jam. This version has a nice jam,nothing smokin but not the formulaic versions that were typical from 79 -95
November 10, 2014 Subject:
One differentiator amongst shows from this era - Brent's first 4 or 5 years - is the jam into drums. Some nights it's brief and unremarkable, others it reminds you of '69, '73 and some of '77, full of exploration and interplay.
This is a really nice jam and well worth the listen.
January 2, 2013 Subject:
There is magic in the air during the Dead's Fall tour of 1979. Brent had since April to mold his genius in with the rest of the group, and the Dead's non-stop touring schedule gave them ample time to practice as a unit. There are many impressive shows from the summer tour, but you can really hear the band start to cook during November, and this night is a perfect example of the Brent-era band at their very best.
Garcia just started using his famous Tiger guitar back on 08/04, and by this show he had developed its signature biting, yet piercingly clean tone. Bobby is still playing his Ibanez custom guitar "Cowboy Fancy" with a beautiful Mesa Boogie Mark I amplifier. I love the bright clicking attacks of his rhythm work. He is represented well in this mix. His guitar tone would degrade over the next decade to end in a brutally distorted fuzz that replaced this classic sound. Phil also took advantage of Doug Irwin's skills and here he is playing his Tiger-look-alike bass with twin P-bass pickups. Brent adds so much color to the arrangements with power-soaked B-3 organ and a custom Rhodes electric piano. The drummers are in fine form tonight as well.
This tape represents everything good about '79. Enjoy.
@sbrew - I think you may have had one too many if you don't think this is a five-star show. Allow me to invite you to stack a massive stereo system in front of your chair, crank it all the way up, and be blown through the wall by this version of Passenger.
November 22, 2011 Subject:
this is review of the show, not the recording:
Honestly, yes there are some cool moments, but is this a great show? no. It's ok, but there's a lot of Garcia lapsing into forgetfulness and often (but not always) the x-factor is missing; they're just not sparking like they do in so many other truly great shows and some parts are just falling apart. Great moments here and there but some of us are going to feel that the 5 star ratings are a bit of a letdown.
May 15, 2011 Subject:
Masterful performance and sound quality. People rightfully mention the ChinaRider, but the Alabama > Greatest, and the Lost > Saint are equally exceptional.
Charlie did his usual wonderful job on mastering this version. The two patches are incredibly well done.